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Building cleared after gun report at BMCC-Hermiston; public not in danger

East Oregonian

Published on April 19, 2017 8:05PM

Last changed on April 19, 2017 8:08PM

HERMISTON — Police officers from three agencies responded Wednesday afternoon to Blue Mountain Community College’s Hermiston campus after receiving reports of a student with a firearm. The student turned out to be a former police officer with a carry permit, and no one was injured or in danger at any time.

BMCC’s vice president of public relations Casey White-Zollman said Hermiston’s BMCC staff received a report that a student saw another student with a handgun that was partially showing, and the staff contacted the Hermiston Police Department, who cleared the building as a precaution.

“We are going over the policy with (the student),” White-Zollman said. “We still have to do an investigation to determine what happened and to determine if there will be consequences.”

White-Zollman said guns are not allowed on campus, and if a student sees a gun, they are asked to report it.

“In a situation like that, police are called,” she said. “Whether to clear the building is up to them.”

Members of the Hermiston Police Department, Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police and Umatilla County Fire District 1 responded.


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